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Farmers May Want To Sell Some Grain During Price Rally

(Le Mars) -- Farmers have witnessed a price rally with corn and soybeans in recent weeks, and Iowa State University Agriculture Economist Dr. Chad Hart believes farmers should take advantage of the opportunity. Hart...

Cattle Producers Concern Over Cattle Futures Trading

(Rock Valley) -- Last week cattle producers from across the nation gathered in San Diego, California for the National Cattlemens Beef Association convention and annual meeting.  One of the issues that was discussed...

Iowa Farmers Set Production Records For Corn And Soybeans

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - It is a record year for Iowa and Nebraska crop farmers. The final harvest report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture says Iowa farmers brought in...

Iowa State Survey Shows Land Values Declining

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa State University survey says state farmland values have dropped by nearly 4 percent this year, marking a second straight year of decline. Farmland values dropped to...

EPA Lowers Renewable Fuels Standard

(Des Moines) -- The Environmental Protection Agency announced the long-awaited renewable fuels standard on Monday, and ethanol industry officials are disappointed.  Monte Shaw serves as the executive director with the Iowa Renewable Fuels...

AGP To Expand Biodiesel Production Facilities At Sergeant Bluff

(Sergeant Bluff) -- A soybean processing cooperative is wanting to expand its biodiesel operations.  Ag Processing Incorporated has announced it will move forward on a major expansion of the company's biodiesel production facility...

Sioux County Farmland Sells At $17,300/acre

(Hospers) -- Despite low agricultural commodity prices, land still seems to be in high demand with buyers willing to spend near record levels.  At a Sioux County land auction held on Friday near...

Bird Flu Detected In Plymouth County

(Des Moines) -- The bird flu has now struck Plymouth County.  Iowa Department of Agriculture officials have confirmed the avian flu virus H5N3 has been detected in a chicken operation.  Dustin Vande Hoef...

Bird Flu Hits Iowa Turkey Farm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A bird-flu strain that has already hit numerous turkey farms in the Midwest has been found in a turkey flock in northwest Iowa. An Iowa Department of Agriculture...

Farmers Off To A Good Start On Field Work

(Le Mars) -- Farmers have been taking advantage of the warm weather by preparing their fields for crop production.  Iowa State University Extension Crop Specialist for Northwest Iowa, Joel DeJong says so far,...

Quarterly Hog Report Shows 7 Percent Increase

WASHINGTON –As of March 1, there were 65.9 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 7 percent from March 2014, but down slightly from December 1, 2014, according to the Quarterly Hogs...

Iowa Continues To Lose Farms

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in a new report that the number of farms in Iowa continues to slide.      In an annual report released Thursday the...

Hundreds of Farmers File Suit Against Syngenta

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Farmers and farm businesses in 20 states have filed more than 360 lawsuits against agricultural chemicals-maker Syngenta, and hundreds more may be coming as a federal judge in...

Grain Prices Likely To Remain Low Through 2015 Marketing Year

(Le Mars) -- Corn prices are low, as are gasoline prices, so how is the ethanol industry faring?  An Iowa State University agricultural economist says the ethanol industry is facing a good news...

2015 May Be Good Weather Year For Crops

(Le Mars) -- An Iowa State University Extension Climatologist believes 2015 should be a decent year for farmers and their crops.  Elwynn Taylor spoke before nearly 200 farmers in Le Mars on Tuesday. ...

Judge Blocks Farm Groups Lawsuit Against EPA

Judge Blocks Farm Groups Lawsuit Against EPA  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit by two major farm groups that sought to block the release of data on large livestock farms...

USDA Reports Record Corn & Soybean Harvest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's final tally of the 2014 crop year is showing farmers brought in record corn and soybean crops.     The agency says in reports released...

Farm Bill Meetings Scheduled For Northwest Iowa

(Le Mars) -- Beginning November 17th, and continuing through the month of December, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach along with the U-S-D-A Farm Services Agency will host a series of meetings...

Harvest Nears Completion

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County farmers are making great progress towards finishing this year's harvest.  Jerry Wendt who farms west of Le Mars was just one of many farmers harvesting corn this weekend. ...

Farmers Told To Use Caution During Harvest Season

(Le Mars) -- The fatal farm accident in Buena Vista County should serve as a reminder to all people working on farms to be extra cautious during this harvest season.  This week is...

Farmer Contend With Late Season Crop Diseases

(Le Mars) -- It won't be long before many farmers will begin thinking of harvesting this year's crops.  However, as Joel DeJong, Iowa State University Extension crops specialists says, there are some late-season...

Cool Temps Slow Down Crop Maturity

(Le Mars) -- With the cooler temperatures that we have been experiencing, many farmers are wondering if that may mean an early frost is likely this year.  If frost were to come early,...

USDA Crop Report Looks To Set Record

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Farmers will produce a record-breaking corn harvest this year, surpassing earlier expectations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which has revised upward its estimate of this year's corn...

Farmers Cut Back On Corn Acreage, But Plant More Soybeans

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - American farmers have planted less corn than in any year since 2010 but more soybeans than ever, as expected.     The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its annual...

Farmers Concerned About Cold Temps On Planted Seed

Farmers Concerned About Cold Temperatures With Planted Seed (Le Mars) -- Farmers have been thankful for the rains of the last few days, but along with the rains have been some colder than normal...

USDA To Monitor Swine Virus

USDA To Monitor Swine Virus  MILWAUKEE (AP) - The federal government is starting a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of a virus that has killed millions of pigs since...

Rootworms Build Resistance To Bt Corn

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Researchers say bugs are developing resistance to the widely popular genetically engineered corn plants that make their own insecticide, so farmers may have to make changes.     Cases of rootworms...

Agriculture Census To Be Released

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is set to release its Census of Agriculture, a detailed report released every five years that lists the number of farms,...

Northey Expects Farm Income To Decline

(Le Mars) -- After seeing the past few years of farmers enjoying higher commodity prices, Iowa Agriculture Secretary, Bill Northey, says he is concerned about a possible decline in farm income this year. ...

Crop Values Declined In 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The value of crops fell last year as corn and soybeans prices declined from record highs the year before.      The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in an annual...

Farmland Rental Rates Expected To Decline

(Orange City) -- Farmland rental rates look to be holding steady or showing some signs of decline, that according to an Iowa State University Extension Farm Management Specialist.  Melissa O'Rourke says landowners and...

Low Corn Prices Give Cattle Producers Optimism

AMES, Iowa (AP) - A livestock specialist at Iowa State University says falling corn prices are generating some optimism that cattle farmers can again make money.      Historically high corn prices during the last...

Harvest Better Than Expected

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - This year's corn crop is the largest the nation has ever seen, and exceeds earlier government projections. In its first report since the government shutdown, the U.S....

Harvest Progressing

(Le Mars) -- Farmers are making progress with this year's harvest.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports 55 percent of Iowa's corn crop and 87 percent of the soybean crop have...

Surprise Harvest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Farmers in many states are surprised at the abundance of corn coming from their fields, and record harvests are likely in many states including Alabama, Georgia, Indiana,...

Farmers Should Plan For Inconsistent Grain Moisture Levels

AMES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa State University grain storage expert says farmers should make sure they have a plan in place to handle corn that could have inconsistent levels of moisture,...

Ag Department Offers Grants

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Nine Iowa organizations focused on growing specialty crops will receive government grants totaling more than $250,000. The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service provides the funding to allow farmers to...

Iowa State To Offer Corn Genome Research Teaching Position

AMES, Iowa (AP) - A new teaching job at Iowa State University will focus on corn genetics research. The university says an endowed faculty position in genetics will be established at its...

Pork Producers Create Book On Northwest Iowa Pork Industry

(LE MARS, Iowa) —The history of the pork industry’s prominence in Lyon, Sioux and Plymouth Counties is the focus of a new book Pigs! Lifting Mortgages, People and Communities being released by pork...

Soybean Growers Elect Officers

Ankeny, Iowa – Six farmers were elected to leadership positions at the Sept. 5 meeting of the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) board of directors. Brian Kemp of Sibley took his seat as president...

Thurman Gaskill Honored By Corn Growers

Aug 30, 2013 - Thurman Gaskill, retired farmer from Corwith and retired Iowa State Senator, received the Iowa Corn Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Iowa Corn Growers Association Annual...

Iowa Farm Bureau Delegates Set Policy

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – August 28, 2013 – Iowa Farm Bureau voting delegates shared concerns about infrastructure problems, regulatory implications, and watershed management as they gathered in West Des Moines August 27-28 ...

Iowa Expands Water Quality Program

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State agriculture officials say they are providing $1 million in funds to help farmers reduce runoff of fertilizer and manure from their fields and pastures.Iowa Secretary of Agriculture...

Crops Condition Deteriorates Slightly

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Another dry week has caused the condition of Iowa's corn and soybean crops to slip backward.The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in Monday's report that 48 percent of...

Farm Futures Magazine Makes Crop Prediction

ST. CHARLES, ILL. (08/06/2013) — A year after a historic drought punished crops, farmers faced a new threat to production in 2013: A cold, wet spring that delayed planting across the Midwest. But...

Vilsack Annouces CRP Program

AMES, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the government will accept 1.7 million acres into the Conservation Reserve Program under the general sign-up for the current year. Speaking in...

Farmers Urged To Update Hay And Straw Directory

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's top agriculture official says hay and straw producers should be sure to keep their information on a state directory updated to help market their products. Iowa Secretary...

USDA Expects Lower Corn Crop

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has slightly lowered its estimate of the corn crop, reflecting late planting in the Corn Belt caused by a wet spring. Farmers are...

USDA Issues Plantings Report

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers will come through with the predicted corn crop despite the Midwest's wet spring that delayed planting. Some states - including...

Soybean Association Launches Program Dealing With Resistant Weeds

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Soybean Association has launched an informational campaign to help farmers deal with weeds that are becoming resistant to the farm chemicals commonly used tokill them. Iowa...
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